“We must have the spiritual audacity to assert our somebodyness.”

~ Martin Luther KingJr

heye all

Warning – my spell check is not working (OMG pure badness) and im in a rush so im sure LOTS of typos and incoherence in places – will try to tidy it up later

wow wee – the Deaf world is a rumbling

& when we say world – we truly mean world – as in global as big ole marble called the planet earth (geez i wish we would take better care of her)

LIS issue art by Ramon Woolfe

so what am i talking about re: the Deaf world – no i aint gabbering about Ms. Marlee and what she done right and didnt do right.  It aint that i dont care about her its just YAWN – i am not a reality tv show kinda gal.  and i am not a celebrity click click click chick either – ie i didnt even know that Prince whatever oh william got married until i saw it on FB

re: Marlee – all i got to say is GET YOURSELF to the Tilden Walk/Run for Deaf Humanity – if u got another gig that day at least get a bunch of sponsors to toss some money there way – u r very persuaive.  Im sure that trump would be happy to write a check or two in ur name.  Starkey – NO THANKS.  Seriously girl.  Divest urself from that mess.  they do  not need u and u do not need them.  Eject, eject.

now the Deaf-World a rocking

well folks its largely due to the fact that the 2nd wave of Oralism (“WTF – not again” we say – wasn’t once enuf?) is full-force now – at least it is picking up steam and making itself a bit more OVERT and BUSTABLE.  Mask has come down here and there and we r seeing the wicked witch behind the scenes.

now by Oralism we mean – a system, practice and belief that to TALK is superior to signing and thus BANS signing.  and this belief and attitude is RAMPANT and has been for a mighty bloody long time and all it has left it its wake is:

– some folks who can yap (yaddy hoo ha so what)

NOTE: i can hear and speak a great deal – it is no big deal.  it just is.  the problem is not with what a person can or does not do – the problem is how the person is treated because they can or don’t – that there is the issue and ORALISM is an extreme approach that EXCLUDES sign language from the living rooms, classrooms, and lunch rooms of Deaf kids and that aint cool.

– some folks who yap but ouchie on the ears (they are unintelligible to the average uninitiated listener but they 1. dont know it or 2. cant stop it cuz they have been co0nditioned “ordered to speak” – see peter cook’s cool poem on this subject – yes he too is a survivor of oral / only ism.  WTF u say – this guy whose bread and butter is ASL performance was raised oral / aural only  YEP!   odd, eh?)

– some folks where physically, emotionally, culturally, spiritually HURT on the way to the quest for the near hearing-like existence (wrapping of hands with rulers – knuckles or palms, hands bound, kneeling while hold stacks of books, SOLITARY CONFINEMENT – this was a popular one – little black rooms or moprooms, badges for good speech, points docked for bad speech or for signing, sitting in the corner little jackie and jillie horner why? cuz u did what came naturally – u pointed, u gestured, u disobeyed, naughty naughty etc etc)

still happens today folks – dont tell me it dont.  i thought it didnt but reports from Deaf oral school survivors tell me they get punished for pointing at a poster (all together now folks WTF!) and they are forbidden to sign or gesture during lunch – YES this is happening in 2011 in the US of A.  so how is that for OPTIONS folks

(for one near u – see map of options schools – meaning a program that actively DENIES a Deaf child the option of gesturing or signing even during lunch or while walking down the hall)


educational systems that basically CREATE feral children – WTF folks!

so pls do NOT confuse the ability to speak or having been raised orally with U being oralism.  U r not what u were raised

ORALISM is the system.  Folks who oppose oralism are NOT opposing u.  They are not even opposing your parents, they are not even opposing your teachers – they are saying the SYSTEM of Oralism sucks and #ucks with u and should STOP

its inhumane

so hear it comes again (the system is messing up your mind an fillin up your senses with a bunch of crap)

don’t believe me – well skeptism can be good at times but down right IGNORNACE s not cool and DENIAL SUCKS (yes i see u naysayers – lord u r tiresome and so so so out of tune with reality)

so proof that the 2nd wave is a cometh and we r not just hollow may 21st town cryers:

1. AVT audioverbal therapy is the rave even though it has been around since the 1970s and hasnt improved Deaf kids literacy skills or mainstreamability


and the byproducts of AVT often remark on how much they hated it.  some even cringe when u mention that wittle fan thingy that u hold up over the lips so the acoustics come through but no cheating but usiing ur eyes to lip read (yes they actual manufactor and SELL such a “device” but others use their hands to cover their lips – yes irony of irony – u cant point or gesture but the oral pathologist CAN use her/his hand to DENY u even a smudgeon of access via ur eyes by covering ur lips)  ahhhh torture in the 21st century

who said water boarding was not legal?

its for their own good – its “therapy”

oh really so why do so many byproducts of this therapy need THERAPY later?

2. cochlear implants are RAMPANT and there are problems

big problems folks – recalls, lemons, infections, deaths, explanting, re-implanting, effacicy?, data problems – like why dont they work consistently, reliably and well?

Yeah sure they got some star pupils who get lots of PERKS in exchange for their promotion of the device but there are far more who have had less then stellar and less than luke warm results

why isnt anybody tracking the rate in which folks JUNK their CI?

and how does one JUNK their CI when it is inside their HEADS?

headaches, dizzyness, skin breakdown, magnet dissenigration, LANGUAGE DEPRIVATION (say the word “hotdog” say the word baseball” but mommy i want to say I Love you in ASl and i want to say #uck off to the oral pathologist (ie SLP)

The Scream by Edvard Munch (nothing to do with Deaf folks yet everything to do with us "Ice SCREAM"

but i cant cuz she keeps smiling at me with th creepy RED lipstick im not allowed to lip read and the freaky monkey in the audiologist booth is creeping me out and … ok ok “icecream”  – i sssssssccccccccrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmm

3. Deaf schools – the Auditory Industrial Complex is taking them over.  if the govt aint trying to close them down due to budget cuts, the AIC are trying to rule them.  See Brazil, Newfoundland Canada, NY 4201, Indiana, etc etc

now dont think this is crazy talk well take a look at how Wisc had an ORAL school law – thank u Frank Booth (a CODA himself – yep wolves in sheep clothing we got! see AG Bell)   See PA push for Oral only.  When they didnt legislate it formally they institituted it De Facto

and hence we had the reign of error for a might long time across the globe.  Since it was an abysmal failure after a hundred years +, signing got reintroduced but in very BIZARRE and unacademically sound forms – SEE, SEE II, Sim-Com, LOVE, MCE, Cued Speech – u name it crude and yuck.

Sure there too were some success stories but all these WEE successes are largely attributed to:

parental involvement

love of reading

there are a million other factors like social economic background, education level of parents, geography, time periof birth, etc etc but the 2 above are the biggy – dont matter what language u r gonna use or DENY

now back to the point of DENYING – it is WRONG to deny sign language to Deaf kids.  plan and simple  ICED 2010 New Era and Accord of the Future clearly states that so STFU and stop that #hit NOW

no more shoving it into legislation and school board etc

EHDI – we have to watch this BIG time folks HUGE TIME
see France – they are NOT happy

EHDI is being used and abused as a gateway mandate to implanting and oral/aural only

they will only relinquish their choke hold on the children until they are beyond repair ie a failure then they will send them ur way and u have to try to undue the damage of language deprivation POST- the window of acquisition (about 5 yrs old)

#uck – havent we been there and done that?

yes sure some CI work well and help the kids talk and hear ALOT

but they are still WORKING for their words and there are still RISKS with CI soooo why all these efforts when there is something that they are entitled to

why DENY?

that must be looked at folks – look at it hard

i aint saying deny the kids a right to listen or speak – i am saying DO NOT deny them the right to sign

do NOT

yet we do all day and every day and in every way – slap, hit, yell, isolate, accommodate, regulate, click on and off (yes CI are now operated by remote control by the parents and teachers)

4. Legislation – Language and the Right to be … Deaf

Italy has the insanity to try to demote Italian Sign Language (LIS) to a Language of Mime and Gestures (LMG)

and who is pushing for this demotion?  FIADDA (an AG Bell-like Italian organization)


everybody now – WTF



UK – already passed legislation saying u can not implant a gamet that u know to be Deaf

Tracking mandates – states across the US demand bloodwork on infants to track them re: Deaf genes

CDC and NIH have some MAJOR creeply language when it comes to discussing Deaf babies and people

so those are the WTFs – there are more but im getting depressed so lets move on to the Ya Hoos shall we?


folks are waking up

i LOVE the Deaf community

i love ya – i really do.  u rock. when u r pissed – geez u get busy (yes i know that it takes alot to get u pissed and this is unfortunate but when u wake up u really do WAKE the #uck up so lets just focus on that – the positive)

LIS Si LMG No  – wow im speechless but thankfully we r not signless

see grumpy old deafies (TU Alison Bryan!!!)

see Respect and Recognize Global Signing Community (TU Amy Cohen Efron)

see Stop the Discrimination about the world of the deaf!

– NAD – National Association of the Deaf

the NAD is rocking the house.  I know i know they aint answered Joey Baer yet that i know of but they have been doing MORE than just advocating for captioning lately.  Do do?

– STRONG letter re: John T. Williams murder by a Seattle Police officer – family won $1.5million in civil settlement

– Postion on Deaf schools – see their posts and Howard Rosenblum (CEO) vlog

– Letter re: LIS situation

– Rosenblum and Shane Feldman attend LIS protest at Italian Embassy in DC

and more – ya hoo!

NOTE: Rosenblum has only been CEO since APRIL – this is rocking folks!

– CSD Fremont new supt

seriously how did that third choice get in there.  just safety issues alone – come on! but u took care of it.  good for u – fingers crossed for the best. and GEEZ where are the ladies????   come on Deaf-world start grooming and empoweringDeaf Women.  if this is gonna forever be an Old White Boys network – you are loosing more than HALF of your potential – Deaf Women and Deaf folks of Color (Male and Female) rock – just start creating worthy opportunities and selecting worthy candidates

– Indiana School for the Deaf

oh please that is just so lame and wrong – the appointment of three folks who are CLUELESS about bilingualism-biculturalism and endorse and support programs that EXCLUDE sign language.  UNQUALIFIED, UNQUALIFIED, UNQUALIFIED and insulting and unjust and wrong and geez governor Daniels! how about we put three people on your cabinent that no comprenda English and infact they think English is not a good idea for their own children – enjoy have fun and look forward to ur all working together.  im sure u will be able to accomplish alot together

Douglas Tilden Walk/Run for Deaf Humanity June 5, 2011

Cochlear Implant Petition

click, sign (u might have to register and click again), and circulate

AFA has been circulating this for a while but it was set up before some more friendlier online petition systems emerged so it has the same one up in – have over 2,000 signatures in the old form and hard copy.

Some of the signatories are big named Deaf and Hearing folks

the petition is just, right and fair.  some folks have been weary to sign – they say “its sticky”

they say cuz folks will think they are against CIs -and/or against folks who have CIs

Truth is – signing the petition shows that you CARE for folks who have CIs and you care about CIs – we need answers not ignornace, not denial, not heads in the sand.  There are problems with CI – that are not by and large horrific – THANKFULLY but they are present and some SYSTEMS are working MIGHTY hard to cover up these problems and working MIGHTY hard to sell these devices and make the govt foot the bill and soon they will be stripping away folks with CIs right to other accommodations because they will say – u can not have ur cake and eat it too.  Dont believe me?  it has already begun – i seen it and i aint lying.

We sign for them and for the future babies.  It is the right and just thing to do.

Pls sign and circulate to all ur friends and all ur hearing family members and…. on and on.  We do not want to look back at the end of this reign or error and see we did NOTHING!

– Upcoming Conferences and Activism

– Folks speaking out:

there are alot of amazing voices out there – in vlogs / in blogs etc etc but two blogs crossed me path that have alot of authenticity and make my heart sing

they make it ouch too cuz the truth does hurt sometimes but they r important – i hope u will read them

Abuse of Deaf people by Hearing Professionals

(TU mishkazena Elizabeth)

– Hey YOU!  YES, YOU!  (TU Deafjeff Jeffrey)

Nancy Rourke is pumping out great Deaf-centered Artwork (and no i aint just saying that cuz she saved me when i had dispair) She rocks – i said it before and ill say it again.  All artists that make works about us – affirmation and resistance totally feed my soul.  (the role of the artist is to disturb the peace ~ james baldwin. false peace he meant.  we r blessed to have many GREAT Deaf artists)

there are more rays of hope but the outdoors calls

Keep shining folks

Keep jumping at the sun

this is gonna be a LONG HARD haul

The Civil Rights Movement in the US took several decades and was several hundred years in the making

Do not dismay – truth and love win – think of it always (loosy paraphrased from Gandhi)

NOTE: this is not a place for bringing up other old issues or for dissing any of the above folks.  take it up in ur own spaces.

NOTE 2: i have named alot of folks here but there are MANY unsung heros – folks who drove hours to attend a rally on wed, folks who looked in basements for conulates, folks who wrote letters, folks who made vlogs, folks who uttered prayers, folks who took walks, folks who forwarded links, folks who woke up and said “what can i do?” and did something!

thank you – i see u


Patti Durr

Signmark – Against the Wall


Barry’s Attacks on the DBC

The Truth Campaign continues

Again, i undertake this task with no joy in my heart.  It is a “have to do” in the spirit of truth force and soul force a la Gandhi.

Barry Sewell’s Attacks on the Deaf Bilingual Coalition (DBC)

We have seen Barry’s pattern of joining a healthy Deaf organization and then attacking the organization and individuals involved under false and unjust pretenses – See Barry’s failed attack on the Intertribal Deaf Council (IDC)

He continued this pattern of “joining, failing to control, and seeking to destroy” with the DBC.


Fact 1:

Barry was involved with the DBC for a few months.  After leaving he created and released over 20 vlogs full of falsehoods.  These vlogs were unjustly and deceitfully entitled facts – DBC Facts #1, DBC Facts #2, DBC Facts #3….. and so on and on.

See Barry Sewell’s DRHocokan youtube channel for all the FALSEHOOD vlogs where he tried to discredit the DBC.

Fact 2:

Barry put up a private I.M. chat w/ screennames of several DBC members discussing plans for the upcoming DBC Wisconsin rally and conference.

He posted it up in his now defunct and deceitfully entitled blog “DBC FACTS”

He put it up, then down, then up again, then down.  Weee!

Hit, run, erase – is another pattern

Fact 3:

Barry drafted a letter riddled with falsehoods attacking via their workplace / affiliations three DBC members.  All of the organizations / workplaces are Deaf related as are all of the individuals he was targeting.

Barry sought out other people to carry out the dirty deed of signing these letters and delivering them to the affiliations and workplaces.

CCing state Boards of Education in 2 of the letters.

Fact 4:

Barry posted the letters attacking these DBC reps in his “DBC Facts” blogsite and then quickly pulled them when folks expressed outrage that these people were being targeted via their work places / affiliations.

Fact 5:

(note: names of the folks and schools / organization Barry targeted in his letters have been removed here to keep the focus on Barry’s wrong doing and deceit)

One of the letters Barry drafted he stated:

“XXX recent alarming depredatory comments during Deaf Bilingual Coalition meeting was brought to our attention. See attached copy and read his comments regarding deaf children who wore cochlear implants and people who choose to use it. We, concerned citizens wondered if #### School for the Deaf tolerates such radical languages and views.”

(NOTE: I have no idea what is meant by “depredatory” here – yes, i see it IS in the dictionary but huh?)

Barry actually was a participant in this online text IM meeting.

The comment he is referring to was an off-the-cuff remark to reduce stress as the DBC core folks finalized plans for an upcoming conference.  The person Barry is attacking has never demonstrated any disrespect towards children with cochlear implants or their parents.

XXX has not been shy about expressing his concerns about the cochlear implant industry and the pathological perspective of Deaf children that dominants Deaf education.  However, he is not what Barry was trying to portray him and some others to be.

Fact 6:

In the other letter drafted and circulated by Barry targeting a different Deaf educator and activist, he wrote:

“Last month YYY was seen in a video while she was attending a conference in Milwaukee. In that video she bashed oralism in public.

Based on her comments we felt alarmed and concerned for deaf children who attend **** School for the Deaf, especially those who use cochlear implants and exercise oral skills. We are concerned about hearing parents who made decisions or are about to make decisions on cochlear implants and oralism for their deaf children.”

Oralism is the belief and practice that promotes the exclusive use of speech and excludes the use of American Sign Language.  It was and is appropriate for this educator to speak out against Oralism.  She has NOT demonstrated any disrespect towards children and/or adults who use speech and/or have cochlear implants.  YYY is justly and rightly challenging the system of Oralism.

Fact 7:

In another letter Barry drafted and circulated attacking another DBC member, he wrote:

“Based on the contents of the discussion ZZZ, Operations director of DBC did not make any effort to discipline or correct those who made radical comments. We felt alarmed and concerned for deaf children and hearing parents residing in the State of ^^^^. Such comments have no business in the public.”

Odd he is using this point to attack since Barry himself participated in this meeting and made no objections or attempts to correct.  Kettle is a blowing – Tea anybody?  In fact in that IM meeting Barry is seen encouraging XXX’s off-the-cuff humor with a “good one, XXX”  HMMMM, deplorable for YYY to standby but its fine for him to until of course he wants to twist and use it to get “them” disciplined and the DBC to break up.  Wow!

Fact 10:

Each letter calls for the school or affiliation to take action against these individuals.  One letter threatens to contact the IRS.  He will pursue this again later to no avail cuz FALSEHOODS suck and they don’t win and the IRS and the Dept of Justice and schools and Boards of Education are not stupid.


Failure 1:

Barry fails to break up and destroy the DBC

Failure 2:

Barry fails to get any of the targeted individuals disciplined and/or banned from advocating for bilingual-bicultural rights

Failure 3:

Barry fails to have credibility


Success 1:

The Deaf Bilingual Coalition is alive and well regardless of all of Barry’s failed attempts to defame and harm them (more truths coming)

Success 2:

The Deaf individuals Barry targeted with his drafted letters have not been intimated or bullied into silence and continue to do good work

Success 3:

Truth and love have always won… think of it –always.  (Gandhi)

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” ~ Gandhi

Falsehoods Fail.

All of Barry’s endeavors that have been falsehood-based have utterly failed and backfired.

NOTE: There have been many good folks who have helped to bring forth the truth of this matter  so kudos to each and all them

a link to one blog entry by Deaf Jeff on Questionable Behavior – to give u some of the context of how Barry actually demanded for these truths and true FACTS to be brought forward when Barry  said he had never done such a thing and the folks that were targeted (who he claimed never were targeted) should be defending him.  huh? and WT….) Twist and spin … come on a little closer now… yep that is a tune he plays quite often – persecutor and victim and rescuer all at once – wow weeeee that drama triangle


Re: comments – pls stick to the subject of Barry’s attack on the DBC.  Don’t bring other old wounds or issues here.  Feel free to use your own spaces for that and link me if you like.

As always come from love.  I love Barry and this is why I take the courage to tell the truth.

Just an FYI –while not many folks are commenting – hundreds are watching.

DBC Thank you for standing tall and long and I Love You.

Link to testimonies 

DBC Petition for bilingual-bicultural rights of Deaf children

To all the truth seekers thank you for making the invisible visible and I love you.

“it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”

~ many folks have been credited with saying this but few truly endeavor to DO IT.

Hope u will be one of the doers – light the candle and

Ignite the light

Ya Basta by Tina Hernandez from the Girly Revolution series

Ya Basta! To the bull#hit



Barry’s Attack on IDC

the truth campaign continues

I do not enter into this series lightly.  I do it because it is overdue and it is the just, right and good thing to do.  Would prefer if someone else were taking it on but we gotta do what we gotta do.

Truth force / soul force rocks and rules.  (see gandhi – the Indian from India)

this blog entry relates to the Truths about Barry Sewell’s attack on the Intertribal Deaf Council (IDC) – now the Sacred Circle


In 2007 Barry sent a letter riddled with falseHOODS to the Dept of Justice

(to see letter go to ASLitself’s video at 9:04


The Dept of Justice – Portland Office replied saying IDC is fine and in compliance with the statutory legal requirements.  The Chief Investigator noted that his review found nothing wrong with IDC’s documentation or practices and CLOSED the matter.  (see same video above at 10:42)


Barry has made much ado about his efforts to “help” IDC but the facts reveal that IDC was strong and good BEFORE Barry came to spread his unlove and they are strong and good NOW.


3 weeks ago Barry was still spinning his web of lies about IDC.

B.S. #1:

In a recent youtube comment Barry wrote:

As for Intertribal Council for the Deaf. The people in charge at that time were white people. They pushed full and half blooded Native Americans away from control

theHolism 3 weeks ago


Barry names several individuals as founders of IDC saying they were kicked out of the organization and/or they provided him with hard evidence of violations through the years.  These Native Americans (Cherokee, Cheyenne, Tuscarora, Blackfoot, Lumbee, Chippewa-Cree, etc.) actually did not support or agree with Barry’s complaint to the Dept of Justice even though he FALSELY and UNJUSTLY names them in his complaint.

[This was done in Feb 2007.  Barry would go on to use a similar FAILED technique in his efforts to split up and destroy the Deaf Bilingual Coalition.  We see a pattern of his joining a group and folks accepting him on good faith as they go about the “good work” only to see him demand they do it his way or he will threaten, exhort, divide, disinform, distort, attack etc etc.  Thankfully his wittle wicked webbing has never worked.

Thankfully the groups and individuals he has done this to smarted up very quickly – disassociated themselves from him and went on to do the good work despite his constant nipping at their heels.]

i.e. “Wag the dog” is what he be doing in the comment section.

B.S. #2:

comment from Barry in youtube a recent thread

Part 2 – The white administrators of Intertribal Council for the Deaf were upset because they were caught off guarded by somebody who knew and understood Native American ceremonial traditions and cultures. The organization was full of wanna-be’s and a fake medicine man. I put an end to it because the traditinal half and full blooded deaf Native American were no longer in control. The lady you spoke to claimed to have an Indian blood in_ her but she was never able to prove it. She was white.

theHolism 3 weeks ago


IDC had and has Native American leadership.  Barry himself is not Native American and some might call  him a “wanna-be and a fake medicine man”  (hmmm more wagging the dog by Barry?  Just asking)

The Native American woman he targeted unjustly and relentlessly stepped down most likely because she did not want to see the organization harmed and because the dude, Barry, is a bit scary.

B.S. #3:

Another recent youtube thread comment from Barry:

Also why don’t you ask that lady why she had returned $5,000 and a computer back to the organization and what happened afterwards. She dropped the ball and returned some stuff. One other lady took over and saw the mess they were in and dropped the ball again. One other guy took over and could never correct the mess. End result? They shut down. All because as a Member I asked_ to see their financial report. They refused until Oregon Department of Justice stepped in. They dropped the ball. ; )

theHolism 3 weeks ago


More crap from Barry.  No balls were dropped except his own perhaps.  The organization presented all the requested materials to the Dept of Justice and the Dept of Justice said – looks fine and dandy.  The organization continued and still continues.

In summary:

Barry failed

Despite all his claims of knowing strategies, politics, government, how to do – do, being media savvy etc – HE FAILED


We will see his PATTERN of lodging falsehood after falsehoods against individuals and organizations, again and again only to see him FAIL.

Why?  Because falsehoods #uck and truth and love rock.

They always win.  Think of it always – Gandhi said.

Again, i take no pleasure in doing this.  This is not a space for folks to show up and trash Barry or any others who have associated with him.  This is just a place for the truth and love.  I love Barry enough to spell out the truth.  I love our commUNITY enough to spell out the truth.  Ignoring, lying, and hating are NOT the answer.  Direct confrontation with TRUE peace and love in our hearts.

Re: comment sections – this is NOT a place to try to discredit or defame Deaf Native Americans and their organization.  I know some of folks of Native decent have vouched for Barry but some of these same folks later admitted to being hoodwinked and  have withdrawn their support and many more who are reputable and honest – simply keep a wide berth of him and his bad “medicine.”

What was done to them was unjust and we should all be upset about it.  Many of us have been guilty of being BYSTANDERS and preaching an unjust gospel of “just ignore him.”  You forget the “First they came for….”

His deceit is not sweet and buyer beware when u r taking b.s. at face value.

and “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” ~ ML King, Jr.

so if u desire to comment – come from love.

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Stay tune for more truths coming to u soon. 



uncool vlogs trashing folks on DVTV

uncool vlogs attacking trashing folks on DVTV

(title modified on may 13 – attacking still applies as does dissing as does distorting as does exhorting as does… etc but TRASHING seems the most fitting given the fit Barry likes to have against Deaf ASL folks and advocates and organizations and activism and…hmmmm just about anything that is pro-Deaf ASL + English (bilingual-bicultural) folks.  Odd, eh?)

the truth campaign continues

for your viewing unpleasure – here are just a few of the vlogs starring Barry Sewell that attack Deaf ASL folks in DVTV.

They were all approved and left up in DVTV system despite violating the R-list.  (even though Barry’s name does not begin with an R like Ridor’s and RR, Barry’s name does have TWO Rs not one.  Just saying or we could just speculate about the $ deals and blackmail via that big ole mega hard drive.  me, I’ll stick to the truths and his own fingerprints all over da joint.  Dont gotta look hard folks – just gotta have ur eyes open.)

Update for DVTV Children

DVTV for Dummies

Deaf Trash?

Note: if you care to comment – facts and feelings pls.  No hostile or mean crap thrown at the chaps.  Love and Truth always wins, think of it always.

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi




ADDED May 15 – translation is below the video box

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Greetings DVTV people.  I want to commend you for taking a stand and saying you do not accept someone calling you Deaf Trash.  That is wrong, ludicrous and awful.  It is right of you not to accept that talk about you.  You are good people.  So we see this strong behavior of attacking anything that supports Deaf culture and ASL – be it an organization, individual or website.  This person will persecute them in order to inflate himself.  That method always fails.  If one has a hole and tries to fill himself by diminishing and oppressing others to build up his own sense of self  – it does not work and it will never work.  I am sorry he has been offending – calling you “children,” calling you “cry babies,” and now “deaf trash” – RIDICULOUS!

There is ONE thing we should put in the trash – HATE.  That we should toss in the trash.  HATE.  That type of talk is very hateful – Anti-Deaf people, Anti-ASL.  And there is the overvaluing of hearing people saying things like “hearing people are right” “Hearing people know” “Hearing people know how a word should sound…”  or “English, English, English” “those ASL people are so inferior…”

That is totally incorrect information

So i commend those of you who are taking a stand.  I know some of you may be thinking “I thought he was so nice and friendly… ”  Signing with a blank face about “helping you, helping” only to feel you have been deceived and end up disgusted.

It is hard to wake up and face that – yes it is.  It’s hard.

I walked out and have been in boycott of both Deafread and DVTV for some time now.  Not solely because of this one person.  It is because of the broader issue of audism.  I feel strongly that audism should be recognized in the guidelines.  Now it doesnt have to be the word “audism” itself.  But some type of formal acknowledgment that it protects Deaf culture and natural signed languages.  Just as the guidelines protect other groups such as gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity (nationality / background of where you are from), gays and lesbians… Those are specified in the guidelines but Deaf cultural people / ASL people are mentioned or noted.

So we see individuals calling DVTV “children” “cry babies” “DEAF trash” – targeting you based on your being Deaf and/or signing people.


and that stuff gets posted and distributed by Deafread and DVTV – wow!

I wish they had strong, good and fair guidelines.

Now i know many people are wondering what can we do about this situation in DVTV?  Really there are many different ways you can collaborate.  1 way is to boycott / walk out.  I know for some of folks you might think – “i cherish seeing my friends too much.  I’ll just ignore it.  Ignore, ignore, ignore.”  Really  i think the problem is that too many have IGNORED for too long.  And it has festered and increased / amplified.  I’ve been seeing it worse and worse and worse.  It has not been going away.  Sometimes you can ignore a problem and it will go away.  Sometimes that does work but in this situation – nope it does not seem to be effective – I would say it’s going on four years now.

So ignoring?  Not when we are dealing with HATE.  That must be confronted.  With light and with love and take a stand.  I feel strongly about that.  it is my belief.

So for that situation – you could perhaps agree to collaborate and pick one day (if you dont want to leave and close your account at DVTV) you can agree upon Friday(s) as a day where you will not go to DVTV.  I know folks will probably be itching to check and see what is going on there but you could refrain.  No hits / traffic will really make them take notice.  It is similar to the African-Americans boycotting the buses due to segregation.  They went for one year without riding the buses.  For one year – that is the power of boycotting.

I want to talk about the power of spreading light – how love and light conquer hate.  Last week Sat. night some young guys decided to take toilet paper rolls and place them in position and then unroll some out in the shape of a Swastika, which is the symbol that was used by the Nazis to communicate Nazi power and the ideology of creating a perfect race (blonde hair / blue eyed) – against Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, Gays and Lesbians, Communists and so on.  That symbol of Nazi power was formed with this toilet paper, gas was poured on it and it burnt on the road near my home.

The police caught two people and they are being charged with felonies (corrected  5/16 as the original newspaper mistakenly said 2 felonies) misdemeanor for arson and a felony for harassment.  Two different and serious felony charges.  Arson and the use of a threatening symbol of hate.  I will show you what i filmed that night.  By the time i found it the fire had already gone out but the burnt Swastika symbol was still there and i filmed it.  The next day I took a picture during the light so it was clearer and more easily seen.

That symbol is not something to be played with.  It is considered to be serious and offensive and threatening when people use that symbol.  The purpose of showing it here is as a form of evidence of what hate looks like and as evidence of how people may do spiteful, unthinking things and think nothing of it when in fact its serious.  (Video and image)

You can see how powerful that is.  Even though it is 60, 70 years after the war – our collective consciousness has been seared with what the hatred of Jewish people and other groups can lead to.  Our neighborhood was VERY upset by this.  UPSET – everyone was like – this is so wrong so what did we do?  The swastika was burnt into the road Saturday night and found and reported to the police and they proceeded with their investigation.  Sunday many neighbors came and shared how upset we were – our neighborhood was to be a safe and beloved place where we support each other so what could we do?  We decided to light candles – to have a vigil.  We gathered together and extended our flame to our neighbors and one by one all the candles were lit.  We took a collective sigh at the spot of the Swastika which was fainter as a neighbor had power washed it earlier in the day.  It is still visible and out there.  The town tried to power wash it more but remnants of it remained because it has been burnt into the road.  Soon hopefully it will be covered over.  Ill probably do a peace sign over the spot in chalk as a wee way of purification.  After all the candles were lit, people did share why they were upset and disappointed and how it made them feel.  it affected all of us and we came together as a commUNITY to show our caring and respect for each other.  It was very nice.  It helped.

Light – the coming together to show how one bad action tries to win or create fear or make us become meek or make us laugh and think its funny or make people join in with that kind of conduct or…. we can STAND and say NO, that is not acceptable, not here and not now.  NO!

I hope members of the DVTV community can think of creative ways of how to address the problem.  It is wonderful to see you stand and say NO we do not accept the label and namecalling of us as Deaf trash.

I agree with you (you should not accept it).  I cherish you.  Again, I am sorry to see this kind of thing happen through all this time and I look forward to seeing some GOOD and LIGHT come out of this.  That is where my eyes are – HOPE, FAITH, and LOVE.

Take care, you are dear to me.


added may 13 – just a heads up that Barry’s homies – ie Candy and Mike and a few others (yep it is down to just a F E W – as in count them on one hand) pals may play their favorite game of attacking or trashing the bearers of the truth

its yawn and obvious and so just becareful what u swallow from them.  “consider the source” is very handi here.

Red herrings are not tasty and theirs are truly toxic having been spawned and reared in tainted waters.

So if u see them screaming falseHOODS (yes i know they prefer to go without hoods but goodness do they espouse falseHOODS) – falsehoods about Ella, Sheri, Patti, Barb, etc – no worries.  We be busy making sure there is QUALIFIED representation on the ISD board and we be making sure Deaf schools are strong, good, and true, and we be sure Deaf children are not careened into having to “work for their words” for the rest of their days and we be busy making art, love, peace, hope, and faith.

oh and lighting a candle

DVTV people – I stand with you

heye all

1. i stand with the good folks who are protesting the disseminating of hateful vlogs and blogs

Writings and Signings that call for the demise of the Deaf community, that refer to Deaf people as “children” and “crybabies” and “Deaf Trash” – that twist, spin, distort, discredit reputable positions and statements to suit their own agenda and support audism (the belief that to hear and/or behave as a hearing person is superior to being Deaf) have NO place in good neighborhoods

this stuff can be posted on the wild web of the ‘net but it should not be carried via Deaf aggregators or websites

2. i stand with all who seek to “light a candle rather than curse the darkness”

pls challenge the bad with peace and love in your heart.  Stay firm and strong.  Utilize civil disobedience and art (the role of the artist is to disturb the peace ~ James Baldwin when speaking of false peace)


– boycott / walk out – take and make a stand by not supporting systems that perpetuate injustice and spread hateful rhetoric (remember Arizona shooting and the sheriff’s call upon all of us to examine what we say and do and how they are interdependent)

– petition – start a peaceful, just, and fair petition

– art

take pix of urself saying “enuf of the b.s.” and facebook, twitter, vlog it

make a poem (ASL, English, FSL, International sign – all of the above and more)

make a visual artwork and or film – photo montage,  painting, drawing, mixed media, etc…

3. i stand with you in seeking the truth

im in a rush so i cant gather all the links from past entries in this People of the Eye blogsite re: DVTV, DeafRead, Barry Sewell’s falsehoods and attacks but you are welcome to use the search box at top in this site and you will see a STRONG and CLEAR pattern of DVTV and DR being used and abused to disseminate falsehoods which is part of defamation

(NOTE: i love all the parties involved so this is not a space for folks to come attacking others.  DR / DVTV have more good than bad.  They just need to commit to not carrying the bad – it is their RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY.  and it is the RIGHT thing to do)

these constant unjust attacks are not cool and has been EXTREMELY harmful to out commUNITY

YA BASTA we say

we have a right to our own words (audism, Deafhood, Deaf Gain….)

we have a right to our own guidelines (add ethnicity* (*this includes Deaf culture and natural signed languages) – and ill be back as promised

we have a right to our own schools

we have a right to our culture(s)

we have a right to our own language(s)

we have a right to….be……. Deaf Natural Signed Language people i.e. People of the Handeye

(yes im coining a new term – aint in no dictionary – it may never been seen or used by any other but it is mighty Handy as in Handi and it is true real just and good that we ……. be…….. Handeye people)

People of the Handeye UNITE

you are not cry babies, you are not children of a lesser god, you are not trash

you are golden like the sun

its time to Ignite the Light and ………SHINE

i stand with U

our Is and our eyes and hands are open and united


Patti Durr